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The Hues Corporation

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Our Story, Our Time, The Hues Corporation

The Hues Corporation, a pop and soul trio, began in 1969, under the leadership of its founder, Wally Holmes in Santa Monica, California. The original name, “Children of Howard Hughes” – a pun on famous millionaire Howard Hughes – ran into some legal roadblocks when it came to incorporation. Since he could not legally use the millionaire’s full name, he came up with, “The Hues Corporation.”

Group members Flemming Williams, Bernard “St. Clair Lee” Henderson, and Hubert Ann Kelley began their music career performing at the Las Vegas Circus Circus Casino as an opening act for such artists as Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle, Nancy Sinatra and Glen Campbell.

Under contract with RCA Records by 1972, The Hues Corporation also appears as the awesomely funky soul group performing in a nightclub scene, in the groovy horror Blaxploitation movie, “Blacula.”

In 1973, their debut single “Freedom for the Stallion” hit #63 on the Billboard charts.

In 1974, the band scored a massive smash success with “Rock the Boat”; the infectiously bubbly and upbeat tune hit #1 on the Billboard charts, sold a million copies, and remains one of the first major hit disco songs from the 70s. “Rock the Boat” is the band’s lasting legacy. The exquisite pop song is incredibly hooky and has harmonies that went on for days. It lead to a new, danceable sound that became a forerunner to the disco beats that would arise soon after.

“Rock the Boat” is found on several movie soundtracks, “Roll Bounce,” “Man on the Moon,” “Lawn Dogs,” “The Devil’s Own,” “Carlito’s Way,” “The Spirit of 76,” and “The Martian.”

The song is also in M&M commercials plus episodes of the television shows; The Sopranos, The West Wing, Ed, and The Simpsons.

The follow-up songs did well on the charts as well: “Rockin Soul,” “Love Corporation” and “I Caught Your Act.”

By 1978 their recording career began to stall. In 1989, The Hues Corporation came on strong with lead singer, Wendell E. Anderson, Sr., St. Clair Lee and Teresa Brown who later left the group and was replaced by Marie Elaine Woodard. They performed on various television specials, major U.S. venues and overseas. The group appeared in a 2004 PBS “My Music Series” television program. The group would take another brief hiatus.

In 2015 the group would return to the music scene now based out of Cincinnati, OH, the hometown of Anderson. They would perform at the 40th Anniversary of Dance Fever. In September 2019, The Hues Corporation along with other national artists performed a live Saturday Night Dance Fever Disco show in Sacramento, California hosted by Denny Terrio with the Urban Guerilla Orchestra (UGO) as the backing band. They would also perform at the 2019 World’s Largest Disco in Buffalo, New York with current members, Wendell E. Anderson, Sr., Jinnerva Shelery, and Deondra Means.

The group is scheduled to perform at the Saturday Night Dance Fever Disco Show on October 30, 2021 at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. The group is also scheduled to perform on the 2022 Ultimate Disco Cruise.

The Hues Corporation's latest single, “Rock the Boat 4Love” is a collaboration with Master Gee of The Sugarhill Gang and Julian Johnson. It is scheduled for release autumn of 2021.

The Hues Corporation had various combinations of singers over the past fifty years including Karl Russell, Tommy Brown, Kenny James, Bruce Glover, Brenna Parker, Julian Johnson, Anthony Louis, Charles White, and Victoria Lynch. As of this writing in December 2021, the status of the original members and founder follows: Flemming Williams passed away in 1998. Bernard “St. Clair Lee” Henderson passed away in 2011. Wally Holmes, age 92, still lives in Los Angeles, California. Hubert Ann Kelley still resides in Los Angeles, California.

For all Business inquiries and to Book The Hues Corporation, please contact:

David R. Oriola
David R. Oriola Management, LLC
11 Bennington Street
East Boston, MA 02128
Office: 617-567-4600
Email: dromgmt@aol.com   

The Hues Corporation Partial Song List

  • All of Me (Standard)
  • Almost Like Being in Love (Standard)
  • Cheek to Cheek (Standard)
  • Circles
  • Do You Love What You Feel
  • Don’t Cost You Nothing
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Standard)
  • Drift Away
  • Everything I Miss At Home
  • Everything Thing She Wants
  • Forget You
  • Freedom for the Stallion*
  • Get Down Tonight
  • Good Morning Heartache (Standard)
  • Groovy People
  • Happy
  • He Wasn’t Man Enough
  • Heartbreak Hotel
  • How Sweet It Is
  • I Can’t Go For That
  • I Caught Your Act*
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  • I Love Music
  • I Second that Emotion
  • I’ll Be Your Man (Original song by Wendell Anderson, Sr.)
  • It’s A Love Thing
  • Just the Two of Us
  • La Bamba
  • Let Me Take You There (Original song by Wendell Anderson, Sr.)
  • Love Corporation*
  • Make that Move
  • Maria Maria
  • Mighty Love
  • Never Can Say Goodbye
  • Never Too Much
  • New York State of Mind
  • Next Time (I Fall)
  • Papa Was a Rolling Stone
  • Paradise
  • Part-Time Lover
  • Power of Love
  • Proud Mary
  • Remember the Time
  • Rhythm of the Night
  • Ride On A Rainbow
  • Rock Steady
  • Rock the Boat*
  • Rockin Soul*
  • See You Again
  • Stop the Love You Save
  • Stay with Me Tonight
  • Stayin’ Alive, Too Much Love, Love You Inside Out, You Should be Dancing Bee Gees Medley
  • Straighten Up and Fly Right (Standard)
  • Take the A Train (Standard)
  • Teach Me Tonight (Standard)
  • The Boss
  • Turn Your Love Around
  • That’s The Way of the World
  • That’s What I Like
  • Too Hot
  • Tyrone
  • Unforgettable (Standard)
  • What You Won’t Do For Love
  • Wonderful World (Standard)

*Denotes a hit song by The Hues Corporation 

 

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— Leslie Marie Calhoun, Waycross Community Media , July 2015 [published 7/06/2015]
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"​We love you Uncle Wendell E. Anderson, Sr. The power of Funk and Old School Combo, Electrifying. Refreshing to know Real music can still hit home!"

— Jay Anderson, Message [published 7/05/2015]
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